Friday’s Favorites: Hankies!

What more can I say? I have a selection of pieces to show you today, from my upcoming book, Creative Embroidery, Mixing the Old With the New, by C&T Publishing. Some of the pieces are gallery examples, some are examples of the projects included in the book.

Vintage hankies can be layered to create a collage base or can be combined with other fabrics. These are often made from cotton, cotton batiste, linen, and silk fabrics.

Bella Fleur Mouchoir (Beautiful Flower Handkerchief): The base of this wallhanging is made from vintage hankies that had belonged to my mother. I combined the hankies with scraps of vintage feed sack and new cotton fabrics, and satin ribbons. I embroidered stitches around the edges of the hankies and ribbons and the seams of the pieced fabric. I made ribbonwork flowers using vintage cotton bias tape and woven ribbons. This piece is adorned with vintage and new plastic buttons.

Tea Cozy: This is a Stash Project that uses hankies, ribbons, and bits of fabric. Three embroidered hankies and one printed hanky were combined with vintage feed sack fabrics to create the front and back of the base. Vintage jacquard and satin ribbons were used to cover raw edges and to make ribbonwork rosettes. The embroidery is worked in perle cotton, cotton floss, and silk embroidery ribbons. Vintage mother of perle buttons are sprinkled throughout the front and back of the cozy.

Hanky and Lace Collage: This is a Project by Design, and starts with a printed fabric, a hanky, and varying widths of vintage lace and jacquard ribbons. The collage design is embroidered with silk embroidery ribbon, silk, and rayon floss. Embellishments include rosettes, buttons, sequins, and beads.

For Elizabeth: This is a Stash Idea Inspiration piece, that started with a white cotton batiste handkerchief embroidered with the letter “E“, pieced with two colors of moire fabric. I dyed vintage lace and appliques with Colorhue dyes. I made ribbonwork flowers from vintage velvet and hombre woven ribbons. I worked silk ribbon embroidery stitches around the flowers and appliqués.

Hankies and Rosettes: This is a Stash Idea Inspiration piece, that stared with two cotton hankies, one with a crochet trim. I cut the hankies into quarters, and layered them on a vintage knitting pin. I covered the pin with an hombre ribbon, so that it would match the colors of the crochet trim, embroidery stitches, and the ribbon rosette flowers.

Here is a video that I shot at the C&T Publishing Studios, that focuses on the new book, and some of my favorite pieces.

Happy Stitching! ~Christen

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